PRESENTATION

Alexandre Lemaire understands space as a meeting place of meanings and affections between the objects and subjects that inhabit it. As a French architect and interior designer, he takes advantage of the sensitivity in his profession and way of life. From the beginning of his career as a designer, he started to understand and appreciate the creative role of light. This led him to fall in love with lamps, becoming a genuine and passionate collector.

 

Since the age of 6, Alex found a way to make the world his own through little collection rituals. Stamps, coins, toy soldiers, pins, and matchboxes were his first selective encounters that gave meaning to the world. Under this exercise of collection and appreciation of objects, Alexandre Lemaire began to collect, in an orderly manner: lamp, household items, vases, ashtrays, lighters, monkeys, clocks, decorative items, furniture, industrial devices, and many more curiosities.

 

The collection represents a process of search, observation, and encounters between the collector and his findings. In the moment of selection, the relationship established between the object and his five senses prevails upon everything. Thus, Eye Collection is born.

 

The collection inhabits Milton’s Hotel a nickname that Alexandre Lemaire gave to his 1950’s residence. The pieces create environments full of character with some touches of humor and ingenuity. They are all from different epochs from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. Different periods and styles are mixed in harmony by following the exquisite taste of the collector. This intimate coexistence revives the objects and gives them new meaning. The dialogue between the objects and viewer enables a connection through history and creates amazing experiences covered in memories from a recent past.

 

Eye Collection is presented as an integral set of applied arts, decorative arts, and twentieth-century design. Alexandre Lemaire invites us to imagine and experience collecting as an art of living a world of intimate encounters with inexplicably fascinating objects.